The Medieval City of Avignon, France

A visit to Avignon is a must for any trip to Provence. It is an ancient, walled city surrounded by medieval stone ramparts, situated by the Rhone River. Once inside, you will find narrow passageways, charming town squares, the famous Palais des Papes, and Pont d’Avignon, along with many other interesting sites. Rooftops of Avignon... Continue Reading →

Destination France

Great news; Americans can once again travel to most European Union countries! As many of you may know by now, France is my favorite country in Europe. I love the people, the food, their long, leisurely lunches, the architecture, the quaint country villages, the markets and just about everything else this amazing country has to... Continue Reading →

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, France

The medieval village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie located in southeastern France has the distinction of being one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (one of the most beautiful villages in France), and deservedly so, as it is nestled in the hills near the beautiful Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon. This tiny town with only 700 residents... Continue Reading →

Travel Photos of the Loire Valley

The gorgeous Loire Valley of France is known for wine, cheese, amazing architecture, ubiquitous castles, troglodyte dwellings, charming villages, hot air balloon rides over the vineyards finished with a glass of champagne, what more could one want? It was one year ago that theTravelsketcker and I were there, so it seems appropriate to share some... Continue Reading →

Photos of Mont-Saint-Michel, France

It was just about one year ago that theTravelersketcher and I visited Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, right before the travel ban went into effect. Because of the cold weather and fear of COVID, the village was mostly empty, a rare occurrence for this popular destination. You can read more about that visit here. This beautiful place... Continue Reading →

Let’s Do Lunch!

Seattleites of a certain age may remember the Frederick & Nelson store located on 5th and Pine in downtown Seattle. Frederick's had a large restaurant on one of the upper levels that periodically offered fashion shows. My mom loved going out to lunch and seeing the latest fashions, so we went there often. I have... Continue Reading →

Châteaux Français

A few weeks ago I wrote about UK castles, so today I'll continue on that theme and write about castles in France. There are well over 1,000 castles in France in various conditions, from some that are still inhabited to others that are a pile of ruins. They are all interesting to visit and have... Continue Reading →

Lyon, France

Lyon, known as France's second city, is located in the central-eastern part of the country, at the confluence of the Saone and Rhone rivers. Also known as the gastronomic center of France, it has well over a dozen Michelin rated restaurants. Wandering through the tree-lined streets, visiting the stunning cathedrals, sitting in an outdoor cafe... Continue Reading →

Nice, France

The beautiful city of Nice, located on the French Riviera, was founded in the 4th century BC by the Greeks, and was once part of Italy. It has an interesting history prior to becoming part of France in 1860. Today it is the home of approximately one million people and is a popular destination for... Continue Reading →

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